Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Upshaws’

Multi-cam follows a “working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right”

Last Updated: August 22, 2019 @ 9:28 PM

Netflix has ordered “The Upshaws,” a new multi-camera comedy series starring Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps, the streaming service said on Tuesday.

Regina Hicks is set as co-showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming show, which “centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it,” Netflix said in its description of the series.

In addition to starring on “The Upshaws,” Sykes will executive produce and serve as co-showrunner on the series, with Epps, Dan Spilo, Page Hurwitz and Niles Kirchner also executive producing.

Earlier this year, Sykes launched her first comedy special for Netflix — and fifth overall — “Wanda Sykes: Not Norma;.” Her other notable small-screen credits include “Black-ish,” the ABC special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” “The Other Two,” “Broad City,” “Wanda at Large,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Epps will next star opposite Eddie Murphy in the Netflix movie “Dolemite Is My Name.” He is best known for his roles in the big-screen franchises “Friday,” “The Hangover” and “Resident Evil.” Some of his TV credits include Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” and the short-lived “Uncle Buck” on ABC.

Sykes is repped by WME and attorney Roger Pliakas. Epps is repped by CAA, Primary Wave Entertainment, and Morris Yorn.

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